Amid speculation that Mississippi St. Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen would return to coach the Florida Gators after Urban Meyer’s resignation, Mullen has told the Mississippi Clarion-Ledger’s Brandon Marcello that he’s “absolutely” committed to the Bulldogs.
College football coaches say things like that all the time, but I’m not aware of Mullen going back on his word before. Though he could make much, much more money at Florida, with a greater set of resources at his disposal, he could be concerned about his reputation if he leaves the Dawgs after only two years.
Wednesday evening, MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin tweeted: “Every one calm down, take a deep breath and book hotel rooms in Jacksonville. Speculation of this nature is the price of success.”
Mullen told Marcello he wasn’t aware of Meyer’s resignation, meaning the friends with whom Meyer discussed his decision really may have been limited to his family and employers, though family friend Sean Bedford said he knew beforehand.
According to the list of coaching candidates that’s been reported — and that lines up with common sense — Florida’s next option would be Louisville Cardinals coach Charlie Strong, who worked as Meyer’s defensive coordinator at Florida.